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Thread: My first guild meeting

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    My first guild meeting

    I've been wanting to join a guild for several months. Went on line and found some in my county but all met at night. I'm a morning person so by evening, I'm ready to call it a day. Finally, decided to look for one in the next county. Found 2 that met at night and 1 that met in the mornings. I looked up the web site for the morning one and liked what I saw. Small guild of about 25, meet every 1st Mon for the Guild meeting and other Wed during the month for sewing charity quilts, etc. Went yesterday morning and was welcomed with open arms. Don't think there was a single lady who didn't come up to me and introduce herself. A nice surprise was that they were having a 4th of July pot-luck lunch following the meeting. Even nicer since I got to spend some extra time with them. Discovered one lady who lives less than 5 miles from me. Can't wait to meet with them on the 17th to work on charity quilts. I've always been a little "leery" of Guilds because so many of you have had negative experiences but this one seems to be a "jewel".

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    How very nice for you, enjoy your time with them. Sounds like it will be a rewarding experience

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    You are one lucky lady. I sometimes think the day guilds are friendlier. Maybe because they are morning people too. LOL Its sounds like your going to have a lot of fun!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    So glad you had a good experience. Guilds can add so much to your quilting life, in terms of friendships, outings, learning opportunities, and much more.

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    Congratulations on finding a great quilt guild.
    Fortunately for me, I belong to two guilds both meeting during the day. Great ladies to be around and so much talent. I am on the lower end of the talent scale but try to stay at the top of my game in the laughter group.

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    Guild life has lots to offer. Love the Show and Tell as well as suggestions on easier ways to do things. This board has lots to offer also. It is so nice to appreciate other peoples creative ideas. Have fun and hugs

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    How wonderful for you. I too am a morning person and can't find a guild near me that meets in the daytime. I do have a quilting group that I go to though that is daytime. Just not a guild!!

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    so happy to hear that you found a good place to share your passion with friends
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    I'm so glad you like your guild group. I love my guilds. I belong to three guilds. Two are in the morning and one at night. The night time guild always seems rushed to me. The day time guilds we have all day. The day guild has much happier people!
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    How wonderful to find a guild to fit you. It doesn't always work that way, I am so glad that it did for you. Gina

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    Aren't you happy you persisted? I can only imagine how wonderful it will be to share with a group of such welcoming quilters.

    I bet you even end up finding more quilters locally through this group. So many groups aren't guild but get together to sew at churches, community centers, and such.

    Happy quilting.
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    I'm happy for you too. I belong to a smaller guild of about 10 or 12, but everyone shows up and we have a fun time showing and learning and we always have either a pot luck or someone will do it all for lunch. They are my only quilting friends and count myself lucky to have found them.
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    What a great thing to happen to you! I've lost my quilting buddy to a move and hope I find a nice group like yours.
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    I belong to two guilds that meet at night, since I have a full-time job outside the house. Each of these guilds has a charitable bee, and but I look forward to the day that I retire and can join them in their daytime meetings, because they actually sew at these meetings. There is also an LQS about 30 minutes away that has several bees that meet in their classrooms on various days of the month.

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    Wonderful!! I joined a "group" once. ended up being two clicks. I wasn't in either. so I didn't go back.
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    I too looked on line for a guild. I chose the one closest to my house to go to first. I didn't really care for that one. I went for 6 months and never really felt like I was accepted into the group. I switched to a guilt that is further away. I drive 25 miles to go but felt welcomed from the minute I walked in the door. I have been a member of that guild for almost 3 years, I love it. Everyone is so friendly and nice. I look forward to the monthly meetings. A group of us go out to dinner before the meeting. I went to the retreat my second month and had an awesome time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meanmom View Post
    I too looked on line for a guild. I chose the one closest to my house to go to first. I didn't really care for that one. I went for 6 months and never really felt like I was accepted into the group. I switched to a guilt that is further away. I drive 25 miles to go but felt welcomed from the minute I walked in the door. I have been a member of that guild for almost 3 years, I love it. Everyone is so friendly and nice. I look forward to the monthly meetings. A group of us go out to dinner before the meeting. I went to the retreat my second month and had an awesome time.
    I don't know if this group goes to retreats or not but will probably find out some time. I THINK one or two of them have attended retreats and I'll probably go with them if I can (if it's not too far away, too expensive, etc.).

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    There's another morning guild at the Senior Center in Mooresville if you're interested. It meets the second Monday of each month. The next meeting is July 8th and we're having a picnic (inside). Would love to have you join us. We also have several different groups that meeting weekly for different things - charity quilts, etc.
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    It took me a year before joining a guild when. Started quilting five years ago. I was so lucky to have a morning guild that has about 300 members. We have had so many outstanding speakers over the last three years. I have also been so fortunate to have many guilds within an hours drive that have speakers and are open to non members taking their one or two day class with the visiting speaker. Even if you don't know if you want to join a guild go and pay the small fee for one time visit. The guilds around here charge three to five dollars for visiting guests. We do so many charity items from cuddle quilts, wounded warrior quilts, concert cancer pillow cases for children, placemats for meals on wheels, capes for Canine Companion are just a few. I volunteered each year for a different committee and it is rewarding and has inspired me each month with all the beautiful quilts, wearable art, and art quilts members share. Join. Or visit! Back to petting my fabrics and deciding on which ones to use next! Hugs all!

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    Glad you found one that will fit with your schedule. Our guild meets at night, which is fine with me since I don't work any longer. Otherwise, I would probably fall asleep in the meetings! I feel like you not only learn a lot, but feel a real connection with the other members. Enjoy! Mariah.
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    Congratulations on finding a guild where you feel comfortable and at a time you can attend. It turns out my Dr. quilts and is in a local guild, so hopefully in the fall I can attend some meetings, as it's close to where I live. She has invited me to attend a meeting and I hope to be able to in the fall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieLou View Post
    There's another morning guild at the Senior Center in Mooresville if you're interested. It meets the second Monday of each month. The next meeting is July 8th and we're having a picnic (inside). Would love to have you join us. We also have several different groups that meeting weekly for different things - charity quilts, etc.
    Thanks for the info but I think I'll stick to the one in Lincolnton. Don't want to overextend myself.

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    Oh my, I loved the guild that I was in. I was made to feel welcome and always learned more than my head could hold. Made some dear friends that I will always miss, since I have moved away now.
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    Great. glad you found one to fit your needs.

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    Happy for you! The guild I joined is about 10 times as big, but feels just as welcoming. It's been a wonderful experience.
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